This week in Winning Post

The Kiwis did their share of pillaging and plundering in Australia last spring and the trend is set to continue in the autumn.

New Zealand stars set to hit our shores in the coming weeks and months include Hasselhoof, Xtravagant, Kawi and Tavago. But one who's already been here and done plenty is the Murray Baker-trained Turn Me Loose (pictured), who resumes this Saturday in the first Australian Group 1 of 2016, the C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m).

Turn Me Loose completed a triumphant first Aussie campaign with a hat-trick of victories in the listed Seymour Cup, Group 2 Crystal Mile and Group 1 Emirates Stakes.

Will he start 2016 on a similarly bright note? Paul Richards's Orr Stakes preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

There's plenty of top-class action on the Caulfield undercard as well, with the Blue Diamond Preludes, the Rubiton Stakes and more. At Randwick there's the Apollo Stakes, the Light Fingers, the Triscay and the Southern Cross, and there's also black type on offer in Adelaide and Perth.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley and Canterbury night meetings as well as the daytime action at Echuca plus fields, colours and tips for the other Friday venues.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange NSW editon) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for three more TAB meetings including Colac Cup dayplus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post February 13 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Moonee Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Echuca
Saturday:
Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
Colac, Racing.com Park, Wyong, Sunshine Coast
Greatest Australian racing family?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Morphettville Saturday - R7 N1 Gamblin' Guru 2nd
Caulfield Saturday - R9 N10 Mrs President 7th
Hobart Monday - R7 N1 Metaphorical SCR
Results
Letter of the Week

Don't watch, act

In race three at Murray Bridge on Tuesday January 26, eventual winner Battistoni travelled deep for the entire 900m event.
So deep in fact that on the home turn he scouted a path to the outside fence. From the 300m to the finish, the horse was no more than one or two metres from punters standing against the railing.
For obvious safety reasons, no race club would allow patrons to stand against the inside fence so I simply cannot understand how they allow punters to stand against the outside fence whilst a 500kg animal hurtling forward at 50km/h races past.
So close was Battistoni to the outside fence that he actually took a few patrons by surprise — you can see on the replay that a few stepped back suddenly.
All it is going to take is for one person to be hanging over the fence, waving their hands about, a horse ducks out towards the rail and someone is going to get seriously injured.
The fact it has not happened before (and is relatively unlikely to happen in future) is no justification for a lack of action.
You don’t need to have an accident in order to prevent one. This needs to be addressed.

Ray Connors
Carnegie (Vic)
Today's Racing
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: